CE Marking Advice: Technical Documentation
When I first posted my blog on CE marking advice the British Toy and Hobby Association provided a wide range of excellent and, more to the point, free resources. I referred to those resources repeatedly in my blog. It has come my attention that they have since removed those documents and apparently charge for access to them. As such I’ve decided to post my own versions of the technical documentation that you will need to conform to EU safety standards.
Firstly, a disclaimer. I am not an expert in these areas. I am an independent games designer with a little bit of experience and a game successfully imported and entered onto the market. However, these directives are intended to be those that non-experts can fulfil, it is a system of self-certification. What that means is that only one person is responsible for your certification, not me, or any paid expert, but you. This is one source of information, there are many and I suggest you check several. The regulations do change and I cannot guarantee that any information here is entirely up to date. However, these forms are potentially good starting point for your own documentation. In all cases, this advice should only be considered to apply to games consisting of cards, wooden, resin, metal and plastic components. If your game as electrical elements, liquids, scented elements, things to eat or anything that might be considered out of the usual in a small tabletop game, please, get better advice.
Your technical CE marking documentation should consist of five documents, one of them will be the technical documentation from your testing centre, which is the most important part and I’ve covered in other blogs. The other parts are your statement of conformity, bill of materials, markings documentation and risk assessment.